Banana Breakfast Cookies

As part of my writing program we spend time talking about and practicing persuasive writing.

Kids love doing persuasive writing…especially when it feels like there is a real world application to it.

Every year the kids and I write Andrew a letter trying to convince him to get me a kitten for Christmas. The kids take this very, very seriously because they feel strongly that I should have a kitten and can’t imagine why Andrew would not get me one. I do leave out the fact that, though I love kittens, I am very allergic to them and would probably have to move out of my house if we actually got a kitten…

After we craft our oh-so-persuasive letter, we email it off to Andrew, and he, being the good sport he is, replies to the kids.

His response this year was over the top.

Dear students of room 4,

Are you kitten me?

I’m sure you think having a cat sounds like the purr-fect idea, but let me tell you, cats can be real trouble. It’s not all cuddly snuggles, crumb cleaning and pest hunting. For example, what if you get a bad cat? (Warning: all cats are a bit bad). They have been known to knock things off counters just for fun. Even fictional cats have been known to be bad. Meow, consider Sylvester from Looney Toons, always trying to catch poor Tweety Bird; or the awful Lucifer from Cinderella, constantly picking on sweet little mice, like Gus. I am sure having a kitty wouldn’t be all bad –cats are bound to have their purr-ks. However, I would be lion if I said you have completely purr-suaded me to purr-chase a kitten for Christmas this year.

Instead, we may remain kitten-less for the time being, but will consider the paw-sibility in the future.
Thank you for your thoughtful letter.
If you have time, purr-haps you would consider drawing a picture to help me better understand the benefits of cat ownership.
Sincerely,
Mr. Skinner

I’m so glad he plays along.

After we sent the email off to Andrew, I was sitting at the back table with a little boy in my class.
He was working away when he looked up at me and said “Mrs. Skinner, we should have told Mr. Skinner to get you a hypothermic cat.”
I immediately suppressed my giggles and nod contemplatively. “Yes that would be good.” I said.
“Yeah, my dog is hypothermic, which is good because he doesn’t lose any hair or make anyone sneeze.”

I never did correct him…it was just too cute…

And the very first day back after Christmas break another little boy ran up to me and asked me if Mr. Skinner got me my kitten for Christmas. Needless to say he was a little disappointed that the persuasive letter didn’t work.
With the new year, I have changed up my breakfast routine.
Banana breakfast cookie
Overnight oats were my go-to breakfast since school began (chocolate peanut butter are my all time favorite), but I was like a change back to smoothies was in order.
Here is the problem:
I like to chew my calories…so a smoothie, though it is filling, just isn’t as satisfying to me as oats or cereal or…well…almost anything else.
So I decided to find a high fiber breakfast cookies that is not too high in calories or sugar that I could have with my coffee in the morning to go along with my smoothie.
Banana breakfast cookie
These little cookies are quick to whip up and are only about 100 calories per cookie. Plus they are high in fiber since I added a whole whack of flax to them.
To make these cookies, mix the following ingredients in a bowl:
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Banana breakfast cookie

I scooped the dough out by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet and gave them a flatten with a fork, then baked them for 17 minutes at 350 degrees.

Banana breakfast cookie

I let them cool completely before I moved them to a container in my fridge.

The verdict- These cookies are chewy and have a the perfect amount of sweetness. They are going to be perfect with my coffee in the morning and I won’t feel guilty about eating one.

Guilt-free cookies? Yes please…I will totally make these again.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Teaching Grade 3 means that you are always inundated with funny, quirky things that kids say. But every now and then, you get a kid who consistently knocks it out of the park on a regular basis. I am lucky enough to have a few of those this year….but one little girl in particular like to encourage me (and my student teacher) and feels like she really has some nuggets of wisdom to share with us.

One day, this little girl handed my student teacher a card she had made her at home.

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We looked at each other and laughed and laughed…clearly she felt like my student teacher was floundering a bit (which she wasn’t) and needed a little pick-me-up

Then came her advice page for my student teacher’s goodbye gift.

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You can’t make this stuff up….

And finally her gift to me this Christmas.

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Just the thing I needed to keep me going through the New Year!

This curry recipe is another great creation from the new Oh She Glows Everyday cookbook. I think after all the holiday indulging, these are the kinds of things we are going to need to eat more of…

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Ingredients:

  • 4 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 4 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 large sweet potato cubed
  • 1 can of chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with the juice
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • A couple handfuls spinach

Start by toasting your cumin seeds in the oil. It can burn quickly…so be careful. Let it get a little darker in color and then throw in the chopped onion and cook for another 5 minutes or so until softened.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Add in the garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute or two.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Add the sweet potato, chickpeas, tomatoes with the juice and coconut milk. Stir and cover. Cook for 20-30 minutes until soft. At this point, mash about a third of the mixture to help thicken the sauce.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Stir in the spinach and let it wilt. Season the whole thing with salt and pepper to your liking.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

I served this over rice with a squeeze of lime and a little fresh cilantro.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

The Verdict- This is really delicious and it makes a lot! I’m a sweet potato fan so this was a definite winner for me, but even Andrew really enjoyed this.